Police: Brother Charged With Manslaughter After Saturday’s Fatal Shooting
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KDLT) – Police have charged 27-year-old Jeremy Eischens with first and second degree manslaughter in connection with Saturday morning’s fatal shooting.
Police say they were dispatched to Avera West Hospital on South Marion Road around 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning for someone with gunshot wounds. The victim, Brandon Eischens died as a result of his injuries sustained in the shooting.
Authorities say their investigation led them to an apartment in the area of West 55th Street and South Louise Avenue.
They say the victim went to his brother’s apartment to give him his vehicle keys so the suspect could make a drug run to Denver.
Police are unsure about the events leading up to the shooting but say that at some point Jeremy produced a firearm and shot his brother two times in the upper torso.
Police say there were three other people in the apartment and witnessed the shooting. Not long after the shooting occurred all four, including Jeremy, transported Brandon to the hospital.
During the investigation police searched the apartment and located several different variations of marijuana, $29,000 in cash, and what police believe to be methamphetamine salts and concentrated THC.
Police say Jeremy remained at the hospital once police arrived and has been cooperative with the investigation. Authorities say they believe Jeremy was drinking and using illegal narcotics at the time of the shooting but are still awaiting a urine test.
Jeremy has been charged with first and second degree manslaughter, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana, and keeping a place for the use or sale of a controlled substance.
Authorities say an autopsy is taking place Tuesday in Rapid City. They also say that they haven’t found the small caliber handgun used and that the investigation is still ongoing.